Today is National Coming Out Day.  The day when same-gender loving people are encouraged to "come out" to their friends, families, and co-workers about their sexual orientation and/or identity.

First observed on October 11, 1988, the day was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988, in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights one year earlier, in which 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC, USA, for gay and lesbian equality.

However, as Black same-gender loving persons. we know all too well the realities of "coming out" in our communities.  It’s not always met with applause and celebration, if you know what I mean.

To that end, tomorrow to close out the week, I’ve decided to do a special National Coming Out blog post dedicated to those of us who are OUT in our communities every day.

Send me a photo before midnight tonight PST, along with your name, age, occupation, city, state, and the reason why you’re OUT and you can a part of the celebration.  If you’re not OUT, skip the photo and the name, and just send me your city, state, and the reason why you’re not OUT.  I think it’s also important to hear from those of us that are still in the "closet" the reasons why it’s not safe yet for everyone to be OUT.